DIY Tablecloth

Cute DIY Tablecloth idea tutorial

I wanted a nice table cloth for our annual neighborhood progressive party, but didn't want to spend a bunch of money on 2 tablecloths {call me cheap or call me crafty}.  So, I fixed that with the help of Pinterest.  I saw this picture from Joann and thought I could totally do that. I didn't want to worry about chargers and setting a beautiful table scape for 14 people ... I'm kind of a low maintenance no nonsense kind of host ... LOL!  Lame to some, easy going to others. So, I went to the store and bought 7 yards of beige cotton fabric that was on sale and some Tulip puffy paint.  Budg-et, people!!! I used the plate I was going to use as a template, you could use a cardboard cut out if … [Read more...]

Easy Christmas Applique Towels

Easy DIY Christmas sewing decoration tutorial

In keeping with the Christmas crafting, here's an easy Christmas Applique Towel tutorial for you to make for gifts or for your own home. Christmas up your guest bath with these pretties! You'll need: Hand towel and/or washcloth Fabric scraps RicRac or Fun Yarn Wonder Under or Heatbond Sewing machine Scissors Iron Non stick Pressing cloth {teflon or Applique pressing sheet} ***** First, you'll want to choose some fun fabric scraps from your stash. Place them on top of the Wonder Under with right side up.  Iron to adhere. NOTE:  If your piece is smaller than the wonder under, you may want to use a {teflon} ironing sheet to protect your iron.  Once the iron hits the wonder … [Read more...]

Mod Podge Picture Transfer On To Canvas

Mod Podge Photo Transfer Tutorial on

Have you worked with Mod Podge before? It is limitless!!  They've come out with a new product that TRANSFERS your photos to various mediums such as canvas, fabric, wood, acrylic/plastic, and I'm sure much more.  I had the pleasure of working with it and one of my all time favorite pictures of Lil T Rex! I revamped our photo wall in our living room.  Most of my frames and mats are comprised of black and white.  I want a punch of color and texture to add interest to the wall.  What better way to do that than to make something myself! LIGHTBULB!!! To recreate what I made, you'll need: Mod Podge Photo Transfer medium A PHOTOCOPY of a photograph {do not use a REAL photo, it won't work} A … [Read more...]

Sewing Tutorial- Embellish Boring Clothing

Embellishing clothing

I think I've found my new little hobby {amongst all the others, right!} EMBELLISHING CLOTHING I have a simple tutorial for you today on how to embellish a plain hoodie. First, you chose what design you'd like to put on your hoodie or shirt.  Deciding this will assist you in knowing how many different fabrics you'll need and how big or small to cut them. I chose to make little leaf like shapes to put on mine.  I chose a handful of different colorful fabrics.  The great thing about this project, I allowed myself to just chose fabrics that I love and not making them matchy-matchy.  Just being free with it was so fun! I bought this hoodie at Kohl's {surprisingly not at Goodwill, I … [Read more...]

Easy Christmas Stick Tree Craft for Kids

Christmas craft for kids using sticks and burlap

An Easy Christmas Craft for Kiddos We were recently cleaning up our yard {that time of year} and amongst the leaves were a whole bunch of twigs that had fallen from the trees.  I looked at them and thought we could make something out them.  Didn't know what at the time, but now I do ... I simply used some spray paint that we had in the garage and painted them 4 different colors {making sure to paint all around the twigs because little people simply pick things up and glue it}.  They from this... to this.... I got some burlap from my studio, cut them in to random rectangles and frayed the edges by simply pulling the fibers out. Then we were ready to glue. And make Christmas … [Read more...]

Tutorial Tuesday – Finger Nail Polish and Sewing!

sewing tips

A sewing tip for you! When you machine sew your buttons on to fabric, does the thread sometimes start to pull out? Then you lose your button and it could be a huge PAIN to reattach it, right? Well, I would love to share a little tip with you!!! CLEAR NAIL POLISH! We have 2 buttons here that I just machine sewed on {saves me a lot of time!} Here's the flipped side Grab your clear nail polish out of your cabinet {or fridge, where ever you store yours} And simply dab some on to the threads! Easy Peasy!  Lemon Squeezy! Do you have any other uses for Nail Polish? xo Tara … [Read more...]

Tutorial Tuesday ~ How Often Do You Change Your Needle?

needle placement

Respect the needle! LOL! Source: via Pinterest Did you know there's a suggestion on how many hours you use your sewing needle for?  Any guesses?  Read on... Here are a few pictures demonstrating the correct and incorrect way of needle placement. Correct{Notice how the top of the needle head is touching the round circle inside the casing}  Incorrect{Notice that the top of the needle head is not quite touching the round circle, almost but not quite}This will possibly cause your needle to break and it won't be pretty.  So, try to keep track as best you can approximately how long your needle has been in your machine.  Do yourself a favor and change it out. Source: … [Read more...]

Tutorial Tuesday ~ Make an EASY and CUTE Paper Plate Sign

sign tutorial

A Cheap and EASY Craft Show Sign So, with pretty much anything in my life, I did my craft show booth on a budget.  This great opportunity just kind of presented itself suddenly and I needed a way to make it work without spending a lot of money.  I knew how I wanted it to look ... I wanted it to look fresh and pretty.  But again, there wasn't a lot of money to be spent in doing this.  So I got crafty with it and here is what I came up with for a sign. What you'll need for this tutorial: Glue {glue gun or E6000}Paper platesWooden lettersSpray paint1x2 wood {scrap wood}Saw I started by spray painting both the paper plates and the letters{I don't have the spray painted letters in action, … [Read more...]

Tutorial Tuesday ~ How to make a Terrarium


It all started with this .99 purchase at Goodwill {of course} It has sat and sat in my studio for a loooong time. Until. It occurred to me. A Terrarium!!!! I researched a bit online as to what kind of plants I should purchase, but was still a bit lost. The boys and I went to our local plant store and talked to a gal there who knew a bit about terrariums.  I had the charcoal picked out already, I had the soil at home ready for us to start. She directed us to succulents and cactus {as we were going to to have a closed container}.  She also showed me a different 'soil/gravel' mix that works best for the kind of plants we were going to plant in our terrarium.  So I put away the charcoal … [Read more...]

Tutorial Tuesday – Bug Catcher

bug catcher

Okay, I saw this in a magazine, I think. It looked easy enough, so I thought I'd give it try.... Our boys are soooooooo in to catching bugs ... and bees {yes, I said bees}. Our 5 year old comes in with a container with 5-6 bees swarming around .... and half of the flowers from my garden! On to the tutorial.... So, I originally got a Pringles container and a Stax container. Well, the GREAT thing about the Pringles container {and why I got another one} is that it's silver inside.  You can totally see the bugs better than in the dark blue container of the Stax.  Moving on.... I simply took a knife and cut 2 holes in the containers... I then spray painted {you can do this before or … [Read more...]